With the recent release of updated flood maps, the City of Virginia Beach will hold a Flood Risk Open House at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Building 19, 2416 Courthouse Drive, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The purpose of the meeting is so property owners have an opportunity to learn more about their flood risk and the updates shown on the preliminary maps.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released updates to the city’s flood maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). The FIRMs indicate flood-prone areas in Virginia Beach, and insurance companies use FIRMs to determine flood insurance rates for buildings and contents. Using interactive flood maps at this meeting, City staff will be available to answer flood risk questions and explain the preliminary maps to the public.
Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States; it is vital for property owners to understand their risk, and take advantage of tools and programs available to them, including flood insurance, to help reduce flooding impacts.
Additional information is available at www.vbgov.com/flood, and more information, including links to the interactive mapping website, can be found on www.R3Coastal.com.
Residents with additional questions can contact the Rebecca Lear, CFM at 757-385-1948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.